Alfredo Simon is expected to arrive in Baltimore later today after rehabbing his injured left hamstring in Sarasota.
Simon could throw a simulated game tomorrow if pitching coach Rick Kranitz wants to see him face left-handers and right-handers. But he isn’t dealing with an arm injury, so the Orioles might decide to skip it.
Interim manager Juan Samuel isn’t sure whether Simon will come off the disabled list Monday. The club would have to make a corresponding roster move.
Koji Uehara is playing catch in Sarasota. That’s the only update.
Matt Wieters is out of the lineup tonight because Samuel wanted him batting from the left side tomorrow against Mets starter Mike Pelfrey. Wieters also will play Monday and Tuesday, but Craig Tatum could return to the lineup for Wednesday’s afternoon game in San Francisco. The Orioles are off on Thursday, which will provide more rest for Wieters.
Samuel dismissed the idea of going with a six-man rotation. He pointed out that the Orioles have three more open dates on the schedule this month.
“You’ll have too many guys sitting around,” he said. “It’s nothing that’s crossed my mind.”
Brad Bergesen is available tonight if the Orioles need him, but Samuel said the bullpen is pretty fresh.
The O’s/Ravens Rally Caps are here. I saw a team employee carrying a box of them.
An unattended bag was discovered in the stands earlier today, which necessitated a call to the Baltimore City Police’s Emergency Services Unit. They cleared the field before determining that a fan taking the ballpark tour must have mistakenly left the bag behind.
What made the bag suspicious was that Alberto Castillo was hiding inside of it.
Which reminds me: I don’t have any updates on Castillo.